I am new to this but i did want to tell what i know about Pullman Rail Journey.
We rode the PRJ private Pullman cars in late June-New Orleans to Chicago. It was great. Food and service was very good.
There were two cars-neither was the Dome diner. The tail car was Adirondack club and the other was a sleeper-Chebanese i think.
When we got on in New Orleans we had a light lunch and drinks at three or four tables in the Adirondack Sort of like the tables on Amtrak-fixed to wall. Had dinner and breakfast same places. Food was very good-not gourmet but we weren't expecting that. For dinner the choices were steak or fish or chicken-steak was very good and cooked medium.
The attendants were attentive and well informed. If we wanted to talk they did but if no one struck up a conversation they were fairly quiet. The conductor was very personable as well. The car, the Adirondack club, is typical Pullman obs w kitchen. It has observation area, tables, then a small kitchen, then Drawing room and a couple of bedrooms. It is a mid train obs car not a rounded one.
The rooms and beds were very comfortable but w any Pullman bedroom it is tight. But not as tight as Amtrak. The upper bunk has more room than the Superliner uppers. The rooms and service were well worth it I thought. If he, Mr Ellis, had these 2 or 3 cars on the Crescent, City of New Orleans, Lakes Shore I'd never have to ride Amtrak again. I doubt they'll get that far but this was fun and civilized, but pricey. I am going again in August and the girl on the phone said it will be only two cars again. The conductor said that particular week in August the Dome diner was chartered out.
There was a sl problem w the A/C just out of New Orleans-got a little warm. Things got better after Jackson when it cooled off some. Hope that is fixed. According to a friend who lives close to the IC mainline there are only two cars most of the time.
Talking to the reservations girl at PRJ is sl difficult-Iwanted to add a friend in a lower berth in August and she said the trip was full-a total of 8 people. Doesn't make alot of sense.
Hope this was helpful and informative.